1996 Harlan Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 98 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 95 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend

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SKU: 51563-1996

This item is available by the case only

Total:
$650.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95

    Deep ruby-red. Superripe aromas of roasted plum, currant, black cherry, chocolate, minerals, lead pencil and nuts. Extremely concentrated black cherry fruit offers impressive vibrancy and grip for the vintage. Perhaps not quite as dense as the '97, but then how many wines from anywhere are? Finishes with substantial tannins and great persistence.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 1999
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    Intense, dark and still quite tannic, with a solid, youthful core of black cherry and currant, with hints of pencil lead and shavings. Shows excellent structure and concentration, though the strength and depth of the tannins is evident. The best of three bottles tasted.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    The opaque purple-colored 1996 Harlan Estate reveals extraordinary intensity, a spicy, black currant, tobacco, cedar, and fruit cake-scented bouquet, full body, a texture oozing with glycerin and concentrated fruit, and moderate tannin in the blockbuster finish. It is one of the most concentrated and complete red wines one could hope to taste.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 98

    Author: winefolio
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Sechang P
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: taipanli
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: rcl
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Author: Jkbergmann
  • Self | Rating:

    great fruit, didn't need much air
    Author: s333
Harlan Estate, owned by Bill Harlan, is located in the western hills of Oakville. Harlan is known for its commitment to creating a wine that is a California "First Growth," on par with those of the old world. The entire estate consists of 240 acres, including a homestead and plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Consulting oenologist Michel Rolland and winemaker Bob Levy lead the production of Harlan's wines, producing two Bordeaux-style blends: Harlan Estate's namesake proprietary red and "The Maiden." These wines have been received to great acclaim by reviewers and collectors alike, commanding high prices and a competitive waiting list. Both wines are complex, full-bodied and have the ability to age for decades. With an opulent style, rich with dense fruit and elements of black currant, spice, and minerals, Harlan is both graceful and elegant, ranking it among the top tier of California Cabernet producers.

See other similar producers:Opus One,Pahlmeyer,Sloan Estate

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 1333 bottles owned
  • 325 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 325 collectors)